Noam Levey, Los Angeles Times
As drug prices have skyrocketed and deductibles in job-based coverage have more than tripled in the last 12 years, soaring to an annual average of $1,350, these sick Americans now routinely pay thousands of dollars every year to get care they need. That has made being sick in the U.S. dramatically more expensive.
“It’s really a double whammy,” said Dr. Brian Callaghan, a University of Michigan neurologist who has studied the impact on people with neurological illnesses.
The financial strain is pushing millions of seriously ill Americans to ration their care, jeopardizing their health and even their lives.
Fifteen years earlier, the out-of-pocket costs for those medications were $244 on average, adjusted for inflation.
Patients are paying up to 20 times more for neurological drugs since 2004, study finds (CNN)
Patients’ drug costs surge for some neurologic conditions (Reuters Health)
MS patients now pay 20 times more for drugs than a decade ago (U.S. News & World Report)